'Squid Game' and BTS costumes to feature in V&A South Korean culture exhibition

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Squid Game and BTS will feature in a South Korean exhibition at the V&A. (Netflix/Getty)
Squid Game and BTS will feature in a South Korean exhibition at the V&A. (Netflix/Getty)

Squid Game and BTS fans will get a chance to see some of the costumes used by the TV show and K-Pop group in a new exhibition of South Korean culture coming to London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave is set to open at the South Kensington gallery on 24 September and will look at the global rise of South Korean culture since the 1990s, featuring costumes, props, collectibles and photographs.

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Amongst the 200 objects on show will be distinctive costumes from the Netflix hit horror series Squid Game, and outfits used by hugely popular K-Pop group BTS.

Film fans will also get the chance to step inside 2019 movie Parasite, the first non-English language best picture winner at the Oscars, as the exhibition will include an immersive recreation of the bathroom that features in it.

A still from Bong Joon Ho's <i>Parasite</i>. (Curzon)
The exhibition includes an immersive Parasite set. (Curzon)

Other exhibits to look out for include costumes used by PSY and Aespa, work from artists including Nam June Paik, Ham Kyungah and Gwon Osang, and around 20 high fashion looks by designers such as Tchai Kim, Miss Sohee and Minju Kim.

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Cinema, music, fashion and fandoms will all be explored to chart the rise of South Korean culture and its impact across the world.

BTS performs on the Good Morning America concert series in New York
BTS have provided costumes for the exhibition. (PA)

Rosalie Kim, the curator of Hallyu! The Korean Wave, said: “South Korea has captivated the world over with hallyu, its vibrant and creative popular culture, which has transformed the country’s image from one devastated by the Korean War to that of a leading cultural powerhouse in the era of social media and digital culture today.

“This phenomenon has been amplified by tech-savvy and socially conscious global fanbases, further raising the profile and relevance of Hallyu around the world, and we’re delighted to be bringing its energy and dynamism to the V&A this autumn in the first exhibition of its kind.”

The exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave will run from 24 September, 2022 to 25 June, 2023.

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